Al-Jazeera mocks America as fat and racist on Independence Day

How do you celebrate the Fourth of July? At the Al Jazeera office, you post a “funny” viral video that calls Americans fat and racist. It’s not even a very good video. Yet this is the kind of garbage that cable companies are pumping out to millions of homes across the country. Would you expect anything better from the #1 distributor of terrorist tapes?

Al-Jazeera released the video on July 3rd. For over a minute and a half, people mock America for high incarceration rates, student loan debt, obesity, and more.

"Americans consume eighty percent the world painkillers. Makes sense, right? I mean racism in this country is a big pain in the ass," one woman said.


Glenn was furious when he watched it.

"Comcast, Time Warner, Direct TV will not carry TheBlaze (no matter what lie they tell you) but they will take your money and give it to Al Jazeera who celebrated our Independence Day with this video!" Glenn said when he saw the video.

Stu and Pat played the video on radio this morning, and put many of their facts in context.

"First of all, we have a rule of law. That's number one. And when you break laws, you go to prison. You don't get to bribe yourself out of it. In theory, at least. Obviously we haven't seen that on the border or many other fields. But in general one of the strengths of the country is the rule of law," Stu said.

"Secondly, they'll bring up, it's higher incarceration rate than Iran. Well, you know, when you have a dictator that's not letting women out of the house, there's not a lot of arresting to do. When you have people that are so terrified out of their minds that they won't say anything that doesn't align with the government, man, is it easy to police those people. Because you shoot them dead before they go to prison," he added.

Pat and Stu decided to fire back at Al-Jazeera by pointing out that Qatar, the country that owns the "news" organization, leads the world in certain areas as well.

"We don't lead the world for hiding Osama bin Laden," Stu said. "We're not the go-to country for turning over terrorist tapes. That's you guys."

Listen to the full debate on radio below:

Below is a rush transcript of this segment, it may contain errors:

PAT: 877-727-BECK. It's Pat and Stu in for Glenn on the Glenn Beck Program. A couple of stories we didn't get to yesterday that we had on tap. This is Al-Jazeera mocking America on Fourth of July weekend. This pisses me off. Jeffy thinks it's fine. He thinks it's fine.

JEFFY: They were mocking. It's a little funny.

PAT: Yes, they were mocking.

JEFFY: If we would have made that movie making fun of us.

PAT: Since when does the government news channel make videos mocking other channels? Never. Maybe in World War II when they were doing the --

STU: You're probably right. World War II was --

PAT: The Japs then invaded. Maybe then?

STU: Yeah.

PAT: I don't know. But since then, not so much. Anyway, here's the video, you tell me. And it starts out, you know, talking about things that are good, and then it gets into the mocking.

VOICE: You probably know that the US leads the world in the most Olympic medals won, the most number of Nobel laureates, and the most billionaires.

PAT: Okay. Most Olympic medals, most Nobel laureates, and billionaires. Okay. Good things. But billionaires I think they're mocking even that. Because you're stealing all the wealth and resources from the rest of the world. I'm sure that's how they feel.

VOICE: We also lead the world in some other ways.

VOICE: Not to brag, but we have the most incarcerated people in the world.

PAT: See, that pisses me off.

STU: I love this argument.

PAT: I know. And everyone makes it.

STU: It's so patently stupid.

PAT: Everyone who hates America makes it.

STU: Right. First of all, we have a rule of law. That's number one. And when you break laws, you go to prison. You don't get to bribe yourself out of it. In theory, at least. Obviously we haven't seen that on the border or many other fields. But in general one of the strengths of the country is the rule of law. Secondly, they'll bring up, it's higher incarceration rate than Iran. Well, you know, when you have a dictator that's not letting women out of the house, there's not a lot of arresting to do. When you have people that are so terrified out of their minds that they won't say anything that doesn't align with the government, man, is it easy to police those people. Because you shoot them dead before they go to prison.

PAT: Yeah. When you have a police state, there's not as much crime. Do we all not know that? In a free nation, you'll have more crime because people are free.

STU: Yeah. You want China? Because China will say they have a much lower incarceration rate than us. You want that? Because you can have that if you want that.

PAT: Jeez, I'm tired of that. But there's more.

VOICE: God bless the prison industrial complex.

VOICE: When it comes to obesity, we lead the global McDonald's line.

STU: You know why? Because we have more stuff than you. That's why. Okay.

PAT: And, by the way, yes, we have prosperity here, which leads to lead to eating food. Which when is that a bad thing? Is it better to have a nation of people starving to death? I don't think so. You do telethons for them. No one is doing a telethon for us.

STU: No. That's because we've solved our own problems. And we've been able to feed the overwhelming majority of people almost all the time. And maybe a little too much at times. And probably true. I'd much rather have that problem.

PAT: Yeah. And our food tastes good. Sue us.

VOICE: A third of us can't even see our own toes.

PAT: That has to be a lie. I mean, I've never seen that stat, but come on.

STU: Well, I don't think you can statistically measure who can see their toes. They're saying a third are obese, I guess.

We should point out, that while, yes, you are correct, Pat, this is Al-Jazeera and a state-owned -- these are Americans saying these things.

PAT: Americans, yeah. That's what pisses me off, a lot. Who are these little commies that they got to do this ad?

STU: Because it's one thing to do it and mock your own nation. It's one of those things. It's okay for us to -- to mock Glenn. But when the media does it, I get pissed off.

PAT: Yes.

STU: And it's like, that's a little hypocritical, I suppose. But it's our thing, and we get to do it.

PAT: It's not. I think it was Barney Frank. Barney Frank defended George W. Bush against who was it? It was Chavez, who came and said he smelled sulfur. And then Barney Frank the next morning after that UN speech got up and gave this incredible defense of George W. Bush and said, hey, we'll mock this guy. But not you. Okay, that's none of your business. Leave that alone.

STU: And the guy from Harlem did it too. We've disagreed on many, many issues. Congressman, been there 100 years. The guy with the voice.

PAT: In fact, it might have been him. It might have been Charlie Rangel instead of Barney Frank.

STU: Yeah, but you get that from people who don't like the president. By the way, I would do the same thing. There have been times that Obama has been attacked by people, leaders overseas hammering him. You know, I get defensive. I mean, he's still our president. I think he's done a terrible job. But he's still our president.

PAT: Right.

VOICE: Leading nation in cheese production.

PAT: Okay. Since when is that bad? Cheese is delicious.

STU: It's the thing I'm most proud of with this country. The Constitution is nice. And it's a great second place. But this is -- it's cheese, okay. Who the heck can criticize cheese?

JEFFY: That's just another way of saying we're fat.

PAT: I guess. But you've already said we're fat. So now you're piling on with cheese?

JEFFY: Yes, that's what they're doing.

STU: So we're fat for a good reason because our food is better than yours. That's why. That's why.

PAT: Cheese production!

STU: It's even true to the extent that we've taken other people's foods and made them better. You ever go to an authentic place that has some authentic food from some other country -- you're like, I love Mexican people. It's delicious. Then you have authentic Mexican food. And you're like, is that a rat has had inside of the taco? What is that? You know what, I don't want it to be authentic. I want I want it to be American Mexican. American Italian. American everything, because it winds up improving it.

JEFFY: Yeah. And I'm sure the American Dairy Association would be able to say, cheese, we feed the world.

STU: That's true.

PAT: And they're also number one in bread production. They make more staff of life than anyone, losers.

In fact, they have more food than they possibly could eat in 100,000 years. They can and do feed the entire world, these fatties.

STU: And, by the way, all the systems that they came up with to grow food in areas where it couldn't be grown before were all invented in the United States. But let's continue to mock them.

VOICE: America, specifically probably Wisconsin.

VOICE: Pew, pew, we've got 90 guns per 100 persons. Sorry, Yemen, we beat you in drones and guns.

STU: Good.

PAT: Well, good. There's another thing that's not bad. Ninety for every 100. It should be 100 for every 100 or 200 for every 100.

STU: It will be difficult to have a government overrun their people. Is that an issue for these other countries they're not mocking?

PAT: I'm pretty sure that Yemen will not overrun us. And 90 guns per 100 people is part of the reasons. Not all. But part.

VOICE: We make 89 percent of the world's porn. That makes porn as American as church on Sunday.

PAT: Okay. That's obviously bad, if that's true. I don't know if that's true.

STU: Probably is.

PAT: Jeffy, is it true?

JEFFY: First of all, Mr. Gray, why is that a bad thing?

STU: Secondly, Jeffy makes 89 percent of the world's porn and he lives here. So it must be true.

VOICE: Kids consume 80 percent of the world's painkillers. Makes sense though. Right? I mean, racism in this country is a big pain in the ass.

JEFFY: Wait. What?

PAT: Racism.

STU: See, the racism is tied to the pain pills in the way of nothing. But let's throw it in there because it seems funny.

PAT: And it's great because they are so inclusive and diverse in the Middle East. Oh, my. There's people from -- oh. Arabia and Persia in the Middle East.

STU: You know how accepting that entire area is of Jews. Oh, they love the Jews.

PAT: There's no racism there.

STU: No! None at all.

PAT: There's no bigotry there whatsoever. When they call them pigs, they mean that in a nice way.

STU: Of course.

PAT: I'm pretty sure.

STU: I hate all of these countries who point the finger at our racism and have no chance to be racist because they're all the same!

STU: And as soon as someone tries to come in their general continent and settle, they're the -- at the other end of a target of every weapon they can come up with.

PAT: Yeah.

STU: Including trying to come up with entire nuclear programs to wipe them off the map. Yeah. Nice tolerance there.

VOICE: -- developed nations can't compete when we lead with the most number of teen pregnancies per capita.

VOICE: Credit card debt, grab your Visa, because we lead the world in that too. Just think of all the air miles!

STU: Oh. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop. How stupid is this? First of all, credit card debt. Yes, we have a lot of credit card debt. That is true. We also have the largest economy on earth. By --

PAT: So it stands to reason we'll have more credit card debt.

STU: Then you add on -- oh, teen pregnancy. Porn is another one. Porn, 89 percent of the world's porn -- I'll take that at face and assume it's true. We're not consuming 89 percent of the world's porn. Which means other places are even trying to get our porn. Screw you.

PAT: No pun intended.

STU: Thank you. The teen pregnancy rate, look, there is a -- we don't force abortions like some other areas of the world do when people get pregnant. We do have a culture that does, you know, about 50/50 on abortion. So not everyone aborts their kids. Sorry. We try to keep a lot of them alive. It's terrible, I know.

PAT: We also don't kill our children when they become pregnant, as a rule. No honor killings here. Scant few.

VOICE: America is not that great. Just say God bless the country with the most deaths by lawn mower.

PAT: Most deaths by lawn mower. Wow. How about deaths by beheadings? Is Yemen in the top ten there? I'm guessing it is.

STU: Qatar, probably.

PAT: Sandstorms, I bet they're at least top ten. Oppression of women, got to be top five?

STU: You don't get to criticize anyone for anything when your women can't vote yet, okay? You can't criticize any part of any other country --

JEFFY: That's kind of the way I felt after the first time I heard it. And? Yeah, that's great. All right.

STU: It's not something to get so fired up about. It's Al-Jazeera.

PAT: No. It's just annoying.

STU: We don't lead the world for hiding Osama bin Laden.

PAT: Or terrorist production.

STU: We're not the go-to country for turning over terrorist tapes. That's you guys. So I understand, you know, that you have to put something on your crappy network. And Jeffy is right in the point of, who cares, it's Al-Jazeera saying it. It's hilarious. All these typical complaints about America and how bad it is. First of all, as we pointed out a million times, 99 percent of the people saying it don't want to go anywhere else. And if they want to, they're able to. And they stay. Because it's great here. For as annoying as this country gets at times and as bad as the government is at times, it's still way the hell better than every other place on earth.

Then when you look at the things they criticize you over. Well, you know what, do we have a culture that has a lot of guns? Yeah. There's a great reason for that. To throw out a number, well, they have more guns per capita than any other country. So what? It's made us one of the strongest countries in the world. It's made us a country that hasn't changed its Constitution in 200 years, other than the constitutionally available way to change it, which is amending it. And even those things have been relatively few and far between. Other countries turn over their constitution every couple decades when something else becomes popular. Here we have some principles, and we fight for them. And one of those principles is being able to defend yourself. How can you possibly be against that?

PAT: How many how many coups have we had in the last 239 years? Let's count up the total number of coups since 1776.

STU: Can you do this, Pat? Because you're the historian. Remember that one from that time.

PAT: Oh, that's right. There was the time --

JEFFY: Don't forget.

PAT: Okay. Zero. None. Not a single coup. How many in Qatar?

STU: Sixty zillion.

PAT: Since Wednesday.

STU: Yeah. So some of them don't have coups because they kill all the people constantly that oppose it. So it's pretty fancy.

All right. 877-727-BECK is the phone number. I guess that one did fire me up a little bit. Probably right, Jeffy. Probably a little too much. But it's frustrating. I'm sick of that nonsense.

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Ryan: Trump Louisiana Finale

Photo by Jim Dale

Part One. Part Two. Part Three.

At the end of Trump rallies, I would throw on my Carhartt jacket, sneak out of the press area, then blend in with everyone as they left, filing out through swinging doors.

Often, someone held the door open for me. Just 30 minutes earlier, the same person had most likely had most likely hissed at me for being a journalist. And now they were Sunday smiles and "Oh, yes, thank you, sir" like some redneck concierge.

People flooded out of the arena with the stupidity of a fire drill mishap, desperate to survive.

The air smacked you as soon as you crossed the threshold, back into Louisiana. And the lawn was a wasteland of camping chairs and coolers and shopping bags and to-go containers and soda cans and articles of clothing and even a few tents.

In Monroe, in the dark, the Trump supporters bobbled over mounds of waste like elephants trying to tiptoe. And the trash was as neutral to them as concrete or grass. They plodded over it because it, an object, had somehow gotten in their way.

It did not matter that they were responsible for this wreckage.Out in the sharp-edged moonlight, rally-goers hooted and yapped and boogied and danced, and the bbq food truck was all smoke and paper plates.

They were even more pumped than they had been before the rally, like 6,000 eight year olds who'd been chugging Mountain Dew for hours. Which made Donald Trump the father, the trooper, God of the Underworld, Mr. Elite, Sheriff on high horse, the AR-15 sticker of the family.

Ritualistic mayhem, all at once. And, there in Louisiana, Trump's supporters had gotten a taste of it. They were all so happy. It bordered on rage.

Still, I could not imagine their view of America. Worse, after a day of strange hostilities, I did not care.

My highest priority, my job as a reporter, was to care. To understand them and the world that they inhabit. But I did not give a damn and I never wanted to come back.

Worst of all, I would be back. In less than a week.

Was this how dogs felt on the 4th of July? Hunched in a corner while everyone else gets drunk and launches wailing light into the sky? configurations of blue and red and white.

It was 10:00 p.m. and we'd been traveling since 11:00 a.m., and we still had 5 hours to go and all I wanted was a home, my home, any home, just not here, in the cold sweat of this nowhere. Grey-mangled sky. No evidence of planes or satellites or any proof of modern-day. Just century-old bridges that trains shuffled over one clack at a time.

And casinos, all spangles and neon like the 1960s in Las Vegas. Kitchy and dumb, too tacky for lighthearted gambling. And only in the nicer cities, like Shreveport, which is not nice at all.

And swamp. Black water that rarely shimmered. Inhabited by gadflies and leeches and not one single fish that was pretty.

Full of alligators, and other killing types. The storks gnawing on frogs, the vultures never hungry. The coyotes with nobody to stop them and so much land to themselves. The roaches in the wild, like tiny wildebeests.

Then, the occasional deer carcass on the side of the road, eyes splayed as if distracted, tongue out, relaxed but empty. The diseased willows like skeletons in hairnets. The owls that never quit staring. A million facets of wilderness that would outlive us all.

Because Nature has poise. It thrives and is original.

Because silence is impossible. Even in an anechoic chamber, perfectly soundproofed, you can hear your own heartbeat, steady as a drum. A never-ending war.

I put "Headache" by Grouper on repeat as we glided west. We were deadlocked to asphalt, rubber over tarface.

And I thought about lines from a Rita Dove poem titled "I have been a stranger in a strange land"

He was off cataloging the universe, probably,
pretending he could organize
what was clearly someone else's chaos.

Wasn't that exactly what I was doing? Looking for an impossible answer, examining every single accident, eager for meaning? telling myself, "If it happens and matters the next year, in America, I want to be there, or to know what it means. I owe it to whoever cares to listen."

Humans are collectors and I had gone overboard.

Because maybe this wasn't even my home. These landmarks, what did they mean? Was I obvious here? When I smiled, did I trick them into believing that I felt some vague sense of approval? Or did my expressions betray me?

Out in all that garbage-streaked emptiness — despite the occasional burst of passing halogen — I couldn't tell if everything we encountered was haunted or just old, derelict, broken, useless. One never-ending landfill.

Around those parts, they'd made everything into junk. Homes. Roads. Glass. Nature. Life itself, they made into junk.

I cringed as we passed yet another deer carcass mounded on the side of the road.

As written in Job 35:11,

Who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds in the sky?

Nobody. Look at nature and you feel something powerful. Look at an animal, in all of its untamable majesty, and you capture a deep love, all swept up in the power of creation. But, here, all I saw were poor creatures who people had slammed into and kept driving. Driving to where? For what reason? What exactly was so important that they left a trail of dead animals behind them?

So I crossed myself dolorously and said an "Our Father" and recited a stanza from Charles Bukowski's "The Laughing Heart"

you can't beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.

Out here, nothing but darkness. Needing some light, by God. Give me something better than a Moon that hides like an underfed coward.

Jade told me about some of the more traumatic things she'd seen while working at the State Fair.

"Bro, they pull roaches out of the iced lemonade jugs and act like nothing happened."

"All right but what about the corn dogs?"

"You do not want to know, little bro."

She looked around in the quiet. "Back in the day, the Louisiana Congress refused to raise the drinking age from 18 to 21," she said. "They didn't want to lose all that drunk gambler money. So the federal government cut off funding to highways."

We glided through moon-pale landscape for an hour before I realized what she had meant. That there weren't any light poles or billboards along the road. Nothing to guide us or distract us. Just us, alone. And it felt like outer space had collapsed, swallowed us like jellybeans.

Like two teenagers playing a prank on the universe.

In the cozy Subaru Crosstrek, in the old wild night, brimming with the uncertainty of life and the nonchalance of failure, we paraded ourselves back to Dallas. Alive in the river silence that follows us everywhere.

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The Iowa primary is just around the corner, and concerns of election interference from the last presidential election still loom. Back in 2016, The Associated Press found that a majority of U.S. elections systems still use Windows 7 as an operating system, making them highly susceptible to bugs and errors. And last year, a Mississippi voter tried multiple times to vote for the candidate of his choice, but the system continuously switched his vote to the other candidate. It's pretty clear: America's voting systems desperately need an update.

That's where blockchain voting comes in.

Blockchain voting is a record-keeping system that's 100% verifiable and nearly impossible to hack. Blockchain, the newest innovation in cybersecurity, is set to grow into a $20 billion industry by 2025. Its genius is in its decentralized nature, distributing information throughout a network of computers, requiring would-be hackers to infiltrate a much larger system. Infiltrating multiple access points spread across many computers requires a significant amount of computing power, which often costs more than hackers expect to get in return.

Blockchain voting wouldn't allow for many weak spots. For instance, Voatz, arguably the leading mobile voting platform, requires a person to take a picture of their government-issued ID and a picture of themselves before voting (a feature, of course, not present in vote-by-mail, where the only form of identity verification is a handwritten signature, which is easily forgeable). Voters select their choices and hit submit. They then receive an immediate receipt of their choices via email, another security feature not present in vote-by-mail, or even in-person voting. And because the system operates on blockchain technology, it's nearly impossible to tamper with.

Votes are then tabulated, and the election results are published, providing a paper trail, which is a top priority for elections security experts.

The benefits of blockchain voting can't be dismissed. Folks can cast their vote from the comfort of their homes, offices, etc., vastly increasing the number of people who can participate in the electoral process. Two to three-hour lines at polling places, which often deter voters, would become significantly diminished.

Even outside of the voting increase, the upsides are manifold. Thanks to the photo identification requirements, voter fraud—whether real or merely suspected—would be eliminated. The environment would win, too, since we'd no longer be wasting paper on mail-in ballots. Moreover, the financial burden on election offices would be alleviated, because there's decreased staff time spent on the election, saving the taxpayer money.

From Oregon to West Virginia, elections offices have already implemented blockchain voting, and the results have been highly positive. For example, the city of Denver utilized mobile voting for overseas voters in their 2019 municipal elections. The system was secure and free of technical errors, and participants reported that it was very user-friendly. Utah County used the same system for their 2019 primary and general elections. An independent audit revealed that every vote that was cast on the app was counted and counted correctly. These successful test cases are laying the groundwork for even larger expansions of the program in 2020.

With this vital switch, our elections become significantly more secure, accurate, and efficient. But right now, our election infrastructure is a sitting duck for manipulation. Our current lack of election integrity undermines the results of both local and national elections, fans the flames of partisanship, and zaps voter confidence in the democratic system. While there's never a silver bullet or quick fix to those kinds of things, blockchain voting would push us much closer to a solution than anything else.

Chris Harelson is the Executive Director at Prosperity Council and a Young Voices contributor.